Quick (ish) Donuts for Snowstorm Stella

Snow days call for donuts. At least that is what I decided. This quick recipe I found doesn’t call for milk (which we didn’t have) and isn’t time or energy intensive.

I got the recipe here. Ingredient list below! The original recipe calls for cognac or brandy which we skipped.

  • 1 packet dry active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil + more for frying
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • zest of 1 lemon (if you’re not into a lemony flavor than skip this because the lemon was way more noticeable than I thought it would be)

You just mix everything together in a plastic bag and then put the bag in a bowl of warm water. Yeah, I know, it sounds weird. But then an hour later you have fluffy dough!

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We dressed our donuts in powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, and a powdered sugar-milk glaze.

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Yum! Go forth and donut.

SF Eats

Over my winter break my girlfriend and I went a visited my mom who just moved to Oakland, CA. We ate SUCH GOOD FOOD. And the BREAD. It was incredible. We learned how to make sourdough and ate everything in sight and it was wonderful. Every vacation I go on I spend weeks beforehand looking up where to eat and drink. It’s one of my favorite activities.

Luckily my gf is a big fan of eating good food so she was happy to try as many restaurants and cafes as possible.

Here’s a few of the things we ate.

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Donut from Doughnut Dolly in Temescal
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Macaron from Bouchon Bakery
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Lavender honey ice cream from Salt and Straw
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Tacos from Cholita Linda in Temescal
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Burrata and beets from Grand Lake Kitchen

Things I’ve Eaten

In addition to the cooking I’ve been doing, I also have eaten a fair amount of food I had no hand in making!

The mac in the upper left-hand-corner of the fancy collage wordpress created for me is from Philly’s very own Mac Mart! It was pretty good, more of an American cheesy sauce than I usually like but their topping options are fun and it makes for a very attractive and yummy dish which definitely visually lives up to the hype. If you haven’t checked out their instagram you definitely should.

Also featured in this lovely collage is some pizza I got from some place I can’t remember the name of down by Smorgasburg, a lovely food/drink plaza set up by South Street Seaport. You’ll notice I only have two pictures of tacos but don’t worry these are only some of the tacos I’ve eaten this summer.

It’s really hot out and I don’t want to cook or blog or do much of anything but let’s see how well I do with the last month-ish before I go back to school.

Things I’ve Made

Okay, so I’ve been really bad about blogging lately because I have 3 jobs! One of them is running the blog over at Local Stove so if you’re in the Philly area and want delicious home cooked food delivered to you door then check that out immediately.

I’ve  been cooking a bit, sometimes making delicious and beautiful meals and other times just eating whatever is in the fridge. Check out my instagram if you haven’t already for all that I’ve been cooking and eating!

Portland #3

Yesterday in Portland was a good day. Started the day with the O.G. donut from Blue Star. A good yeast donut with orangey glaze (I think). It was yum.

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Stopped by Coffeehouse Northwest for a vanilla latte. It was really good and the shop is adorable.

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Grassa is a casual pasta restaurant. They make all their own pasta and DAMN is it good. This is the Cacio e Pepe. Truffle butter, pepper, salt, and Grana Padano. I can’t explain how delicious this was. So creamy and silky. The cheese made it salty and the pepper adds a kick. The truffle butter takes it to the next level.

Portland Post #2

Day 3 here in Portland. Lots of rain and shopping. Headed over to Tasty n Alder for a yummy brunch. While we were waiting we went to Heart Coffee Roasters right across the street.

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Such good food at Tasty n Alder, highly recommend, definitely worth the wait.

Next up was a walk over to the Northwest neighborhood to walk along 23rd Street. Basically the Greenwich, CT of Portland only better, cuter, less WASPy.

I’m falling in love with this city more and more every day.